Oct 20, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Uvalde school district superintendent abruptly retires

 A memorial outside of Robb Elementary School for the 21 lives taken by a gunman in Uvalde, Texas, United States on September 06.

A memorial outside of Robb Elementary School in September for the 21 lives taken by a gunman in Uvalde, Texas. Photo: Pedro Salazar/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Hal Harrell officially retired as superintendent of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District during a school board meeting on Wednesday night.

Why it matters: Harrell said less than two weeks ago he was retiring but would stay in his post "throughout the year" until a new superintendent was named. However, his retirement was accepted at the meeting. The terms were not publicly disclosed.

Details: The school board named Gary Patterson as interim superintendent while officials search for Harrell's successor.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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